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A construction disaster is an incident that occurs on a construction site that usually involves several victims becoming severely injured. Victims could include workers, pedestrians, bystanders, or in cases of fire or collapse, individuals who live or work in the building itself.

These disasters can happen due to environmental factors or sheer bad luck, but in more cases than not, an investigation will reveal that safety procedures were ignored or corners were cut putting workers and bystanders at risk. In these situations, victims can seek compensation for their injuries through a personal injury suit.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to a construction disaster, take a look at the sections below or call Fakhoury Law at (845)-896-5200 to learn how we can file a personal injury suit on your behalf and secure the compensation you deserve.

Types of Construction Disasters

Construction disasters come in all shapes in sizes. Some minor construction disasters may only affect workers on job sites, while others will result in dozens or even hundreds of casualties and millions in property damage. Below are a few common construction disasters our firm has seen firsthand.

     

      • Structural Failures: These disasters involve the collapse of buildings, bridges, or other structures. Causes can include faulty design, substandard materials, or poor workmanship.

       

        • Machinery Accidents: Accidents involving heavy machinery like cranes, bulldozers, or forklifts can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Mechanical failure, operator error, or inadequate training can contribute to these accidents.

         

          • Falls: Falls from scaffolding, ladders, or elevated platforms are common in construction sites. Lack of proper safety measures, defective equipment, or failure to provide safety training can lead to these accidents.

           

            • Electrical Accidents: Electrocutions and electrical fires can occur when wiring is improperly installed or maintained. Poor safety protocols or inadequate training can exacerbate the risks.

             

              • Explosions and Fires: Gas leaks, chemical spills, or improper storage of flammable materials can lead to explosions and fires. Failure to follow safety regulations or maintain equipment can be responsible for these disasters.

               

                • Trench and Excavation Collapses: Workers or pedestrians can be trapped or buried in trenches or excavations that collapse due to inadequate shoring, poor soil conditions, or lack of proper safety measures.

              Common Injuries in Construction DIsasters

              When construction disasters occur, there are usually many victims. However, not all victims will sustain life-threatening injuries. It’s important to remember that even if you sustain seemingly minor injuries, always seek a full evaluation from a medial professional. While your injuries could seem minor at first, many serious injuries, such as brain or spinal injuries, progress slowly. Here are a few common injuries that occur from construction disasters:

                 

                  • Broken Bones: Falls and equipment accidents can cause fractures and breaks.

                   

                    • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Head injuries from falls or falling objects can lead to TBIs.

                     

                      • Spinal Cord Injuries: Falls from heights or heavy machinery accidents can cause permanent paralysis or other spinal cord injuries.

                       

                        • Burns: Fires and explosions can cause severe burns requiring extensive medical treatment.

                         

                          • Electrical Shocks: Electrocutions can result in burns, cardiac arrest, and other serious complications.

                        Unfortunately, construction disasters not only result in serious injuries but there are often many cases where workers or bystanders don’t make it out alive. When this happens, a construction disaster attorney can help family members seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.

                        How Do Construction Disasters Happen?

                        In the chaos of a construction disaster, it’s often hard to pinpoint the cause or who’s responsible. In 99% of construction disasters, one of the following culprits is behind it.

                           

                            • Negligence: Failure to adhere to safety regulations, inadequate training, or cutting corners to save time or money can lead to disasters.

                             

                              • Poor Planning and Design: Inadequate planning or design flaws can compromise the structural integrity of buildings or other structures.

                               

                                • Substandard Materials: The use of inferior or defective materials can contribute to structural failures or machinery accidents.

                                 

                                  • Lack of Maintenance: Failure to properly maintain machinery, equipment, or electrical systems can increase the risk of accidents.

                                Remember, even in situations where it may seem like no one is at fault, an external investigation often reveals that this is not true. If you’ve sustained an injury from a construction disaster, it’s imperative that you contact a lawyer, even if you believe that no one was at fault for your injury. Do not take any deals from employers or insurance companies without understanding your options and rights.

                                Who Can I Sue if I’m Injured Due to a Construction Disaster?

                                Determining who is liable in a construction disaster depends entirely on what type of disaster occurred and the reason why it happened. If the disaster is big enough, there will be several investigations will be conducted by the police, insurance agencies, and lawyers to determine the cause of the accident and who is responsible.

                                If the disaster was a building collapse, it’s likely that the cause can be pinpointed to design flaws or material defects. In this scenario, victims can file a suit against the individuals or organizations that designed the building or supplied the building materials.

                                In cases where the accident originated from the job site itself, victims may be able to point to management, contractors, foreman, inspectors, or safety monitors for liability. For example, let’s say that Tina is a welder who is on a 30-foot scaffolding. She notices that the scaffolding she’s standing on feels more wobbly than normal and she reports it to the foreman. The foreman, overwhelmed by deadlines, tells her to keep working.

                                As Tina is climbing the scaffolding again, a screw gives out and Tina falls to the ground sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Several other workers who were standing on the scaffolding also fell to the ground and materials that were on the scaffolding fell on top of several pedestrians who were walking below.

                                In this scenario, the foreman is liable for the disaster and Tina (and the other victims) will be able to sue for damages. However, construction disasters vary considerably, and it’s always good to consult with a lawyer to understand exactly who is liable and what compensation is available in a given scenario.

                                How Do I File a Personal Injury Suit in New York?

                                The first thing you should do if you’ve been injured due to a construction disaster is get to safety and seek immediate medical attention. If you were working at the construction site at the time of your injury, you will be eligible for workers’ compensation. Get to the nearest hospital and tell them that you were injured at work. Upon being released, make sure to get a copy of your doctor’s notes. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding treatment. Immediately notify your employer of your injuries.

                                If you’re able to safely do so, document the accident to the best of your ability. Take pictures of the disaster site, interview witnesses, and exchange contact information with them.

                                Talk to a Fishkill, NY Personal Injury Attorney

                                Once you’ve received medical treatment, the very next thing you should do is contact a lawyer. Personal injury lawsuits can become complicated very quickly and even if you don’t intend to sue for damages, it’s best to understand your rights or even potential liability if you were involved with causing the accident.

                                If you’re the surviving loved one of a family member killed in a construction disaster, you also can sue for damages or even workers’ compensation. It’s in your best interest to understand your options and how you can access compensation for your loved one’s death.

                                Our firm has seen the devastating effect that construction accidents can have on an individual and their family’s well-being. Your primary focus should be to heal from this traumatic event – not battle insurance companies or company lawyers.

                                Fakhoury Law is a highly qualified lawyer who has represented his clients in construction disasters and personal injury suits for over 15 years. If you’d like to learn how you can be compensated for your injuries in New York, call (845)-896-5200 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

                                 

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